Whether you’re wearing your wedding tuxedo in Hoboken, NJ or anywhere else in the country, your first time putting on formalwear can be a bit confusing. If you’ve read our tuxedo series, you likely know at least a bit about what to wear. To avoid looking like a formalwear novice, we’ve added a few extra tips.
Tie Your Own Tie
Formalwear veterans can spot a pre-tied or clip-on tie from across a room. Pre-tied ties are considered a fashion faux pas, one that draws the scorn of men who consider themselves well-dressed. Instead of having someone else tie your tie for you (it’s typically noticeable), tie it yourself, even if that means spending a few minutes watching a Youtube video to learn how. Even if your long tie or bow tie comes out a bit uneven, it’s typically a better look than a perfectly symmetrical knot that clearly came out of a box.
Check Your Clothes
There are a few small tricks to getting your tuxedo to fit correctly, at our shop you’ll try on your new tuxedo before you take it home, but you should still ensure that everything fits correctly before your formal event. Check your pants and determine the right measurement for your clasps or the right height for your braces/ suspenders (you should never wear a belt with a tuxedo). Check your cummerbund or waist covering to make sure that if it needs to be tightened or loosened, you can do so. Making sure that everything fits correctly can help cut down on the amount of time you’ll spend getting ready and ensure that you look your best throughout the special event.
Break In Your Formal Shoes
Most formal events involve standing for long periods of time and dancing. If your feet are uncomfortable, you’re uncomfortable. Try wearing your formal shoes for a day or so before the event, especially if they’re new. This practice avoids the appearance of brand new shoes and ensures that you have stand a better chance of being comfortable. Purchase insoles if necessary.